Social Media and Communities

Given the emergence of two wildly popular online communities—MySpace and Facebook—and new social networks springing up every month, it’s a tall task for parents to determine which sites their kids are logged onto, what information they’re sharing, and with whom.

Posted Mar 16, 2007

As a marketer and communicator, I’m fascinated with what companies are doing in Second Life, the 3D online world entirely built and owned by its nearly two million residents. The Second Life economy is built on the Linden dollar in which millions of U.S. dollars (at the current exchange rate) change hands each month. But just as in other social networking sites (like MySpace and Facebook), marketers and communicators who participate are viewed with contempt

Posted Mar 08, 2007

Cisco Systems has completed the purchase of select assets of privately-held Utah Street Networks, Inc., the operator of the social networking site Tribe.net.

Posted Mar 06, 2007

Sybase iAnywhere has added mobile instant messaging and presence capabilities to its Information Anywhere suite.

Posted Mar 06, 2007

Brainband Technology Services, a technical services company offering internet-related solutions, has announced it will launch Blogfusion version 5.0, software designed to build blog communities.

Posted Feb 20, 2007

A majority of Americans (55%) in an online survey said bloggers are important to the future of American journalism and 74% said citizen journalism will play a vital role, according to a new WE Media/Zogby Interactive poll.

Posted Feb 16, 2007

Odiogo has announced the launch of a Web 2.0 application designed to enable text content providers to create new audio media.

Posted Jan 30, 2007

Critical Path, Inc., a provider of messaging software and services, has unveiled Contact-Centric Communications--a new Memova Messaging solution designed for the broadband service provider market.

Posted Jan 26, 2007

LinkedIn, a business network, has launched LinkedIn Answers, an answers service that leverages the user’s professional network to receive business-related advice.

Posted Jan 19, 2007

PR Newswire, a provider of commercial news distribution, and Technorati, a source for citizen media, have announced that readers of press releases can track online conversations in the blogosphere directly from press releases on www.prnewswire.com.

Posted Jan 19, 2007

Jabber, Inc. has announced that the Jabber Extensible Communications Platform (Jabber XCP) has been integrated with the Cisco Unified MeetingPlace conferencing solution, designed to allow customers to launch integrated voice, video, and web conferences from the Jabber Messenger client.

Posted Jan 12, 2007

CBS Corporation and Sling Media, Inc. have announced a beta test of a new technology designed to help audiences share short segments of programming.

Posted Jan 12, 2007

USuggest, created by a team of Arizona State University computer scientists, has launched its beta platform designed to impact the blogging community.

Posted Jan 05, 2007

MyMediaRoom has announced the Personal Media Room, an online media room solution for individuals, and other improvements to its website.

Posted Dec 29, 2006

PageOne, a UK supplier of wireless SMS messaging technology and services, has announced that its two-way text messaging service will be run through ArmyNET, the Army's secure web portal.

Posted Dec 19, 2006

Emojo has launched the Affino NX eBusiness Suite, an integrated online business solution.

Posted Dec 05, 2006

Sometimes the pace of change scares even me, and I'm generally an early adopter. But today, while contemplating my navel and the state of the info pro universe, I realized that hip new trends in the info world go out of style faster than a Paris Hilton retrospective.

Posted Nov 23, 2006

Access to simple tools empowers us to mix and mash, blog, and mesh. We create content on our terms and share the results with social networks we have chosen to join based on common interests and expertise. What’s more, the proliferation of social networks means we benefit from an abundance of choice.

Posted Nov 21, 2006

For marketers, one of the coolest things about the web is that when an idea takes off, it can propel a brand or company to fame and fortune. For free. Whatever you call it—viral, buzz, or word-of-blog marketing—having other people tell your story drives action.

Posted Nov 17, 2006

A plane hit a building in New York. I saw it on the evening news. The evening news saw it on YouTube. Right in the middle of the broadcast, the anchors cut to a YouTube video of the tragic event. The audience is making the news these days.

Posted Nov 15, 2006

GlobalSpec, a specialized search engine, information resource and epublishing company for engineering, industrial and technical professionals, has launched an online community.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

LYCOS, Inc., a community destination for broadband entertainment content, has launched LYCOS Cinema, a web watch and chat video experience.

Posted Nov 14, 2006

Reality Digital, a provider of video sharing for businesses, has announced the addition of social networking capabilities to its Opus platform, a hosted "white label" solution for monetizing user-generated content (UGC) within an online business environment.

Posted Nov 03, 2006

Jive Software has announced a new version of its open source Wildfire server.

Posted Nov 03, 2006

Brad Greenspan, the founder of MySpace, has acquired a majority stake in Flurl.com, an independent video search website, which indexes over 1000 online video sites.

Posted Oct 31, 2006

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